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I've talked to DH about hosting a RU again and he is okay with it as long as it's not the first weekend in March, because he already booked that date for the BS of A. So any time after that weekend will work for us. DH thinks we should have the RU out by GMa Oak (see photo).
If anyone else would like to find a more central location that's okay too, but if no one else is interested in hosting the event, or finding a more centralized place to have the RU, we'll be happy to have it here. : - )
I welcome discussion on this topic and the first we need to decide where and at the same time, what date works for everyone else?
Speak your piece, and let us know, as we'd especially like to get the date settled as soon as we can for them nice folks who travel from out of state to attend the RU.
If you want to volunteer and help weegy and I out, be reckless and volunteer. Who knows you might have some fun! : - )
The discussion is open, and the date will be chosen by consensus.
Thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in having the RU here again. Let's make it happen! : - )
Thanks weegy, you are always a comfort and support. : - )
Does anyone want to take on the plant trade (and other gardening items) thread?
If so let me know and I'll be happy to help you get it started if you need it.
Still waiting to hear from y'all. Need to find out dates that work, or if you want to do this RU elsewhere?
I'm okay with April and it will folks more time to plan, perhaps? Maybe we should start by excluding dates?
Samigal, I'm sorry to hear about your DH. Please keep us posted and I'll be keeping him in my prayers.
I'd like to hear from some others about good dates.
Weegy, you didn't say if Emma's party would conflict with any of the Saturdays in April. Please wish her a Happy 3rd B.day from me. My goodness has it been 3 years already?
Thanks for helping out, dillansnana. I was hoping to hear from you.
Hope to hear from more members, too.
Got to go enjoy the sunny day.
Pegi, I hope your appointment with DH goes well tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you.
Yes, SW Emma is going to be 3 on April 16th. Her party will either be Saturday the 15th or Sunday the 16th of April. Any other weekend is open. March 10th and 24th are booked.
Hope we can make it work for everyone.
Good news and bad news, where does it end. He was cancer free (prostate cancer) for 5 years then it came back with a vengence. Well, we knew the cancer has spread to his bones and the Lupron shots were helping, but now the shots have stopped working so is on another med and he says he is feeling better. The only thing is these treatments work for just so long then have to try something else. Will see the oncologist the end of April and with some good news I hope. He has appointment with our regular doctor on March 1st and we will see how other parts of body are doing. LOL Several other options oncologist talked about and no one I know has that kind of money. That is a long ways down the line, so one day at a time. BTW DH did ask when the RU was going to be so sounds like he is looking forward to it. Jules, you are a jewel for having RU 3 times in a row. I now you have health issues too and hope this doesn't add any more to your plate. You and hubby are so special.
hi everyone, sorry I fell off the face of the earth. Firth, for some reason the thread stopped being watched. Don't know what happened but several threads went the same way. Second, we've all been so sick. So what's up? Has a date been set? How is the food usually set up? Do we BBQ or due sandswiches? Just a thought...how about an old fashioned box lunch? Someone draws names and assigned each of us a secret buddy, then we each post a like/dislike post. We each decorate a box and fill it with a lucnh our buddy would love. Of coarse we would need nibblers like fruit/veggie tray that I would love to bring one. I could also bring a case or two of water. Just let me know. No matter whats decided it's going to be so much fun and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. Would it be ok to bring my mom and granddaughter with me if they would like to come? Ok, now that I'm feeling better, someone give me something to do...Robyn
Hey Robin, wonder where you and everyone went. When a thread gets too long and someone starts a fresh one, the connection/link gets broken and new entries do not show up on your 'watch' list. I forget lots of time to back back to the original Forum page to see if there are new threads.
As to the RU, you can get an idea of sign ups and such by going to page 2 of the CA Gardener's Forum, down to about March 29 and you will see last year's RU entries. Since I have been going it has been potluck. Your box lunch buddy idea sounds fun, but so many people make changes about coming or not coming at the last minute, it might be hard to manage. I see Weegy has said she would handle the Food thread, but maybe you could make your CA member connections again and send them the info about the date and such when that gets solidified. The food has always been plentiful and wonderful and we have been able to feed members and their families even when they are last minute additions. For those of us who like to grow food, it is a little early to bring anything from our gardens, but maybe my broccoli or Brussels sprouts will be ready!?
I sent out a bunch of dmails yesterday using the trade lists this time. I'll check the thread you suggessted. This is going to be so much fun. I haven't grown any of my own food yet but can buy a great party sandwich when I put my mind to it. LOL. I'm hoping to have some plants to bring. Some of my WSing went wild and I have only so much space to plant (at least for now).
What is WSing? Veggies can be grown in containers on patios, grass, etc. too. Here is a link to a great "city farm"/homestead in the CITY of Pasadena and they grow 6000 LBS (inc eggs, etc) of food a year on 1/10th of an acre. They are an inspiration of possibilities if one is willing to work full time at it all.
Winter Sowing. I planted alot of flowers that way. I am going to be growing veggies in containers. Between the dog in the back yard and the planting bed right next to the road in front, I decided the only way the veggies would have a chance was in containers in the middle. I'm amazed at how some people can take urban gardening to the most. There's an article in the Martha Stewert Living magazine that just came out. I was blown away.
I can't swear that I could come, but I am going to make a suggestion that we have the RU the week end after Easter...that makes it Sat. April 14th. Southwest has a very good price for flying at that time...but I will have to wait and see if this passes muster. Jo
Hi! I am new here, and would LOVE a get-together with other gardeners. Any date is good for me, as long as I have time to plan ahead. I grow cacti and succulents mostly, but am "branching out" (pun intended) to other plants this year. I have many plants and seeds to trade. Thanks for the invite, Robyn!
Karen, Palm Desert, CA.
Thanks for the invite Robyn. I'm a bit farther away in San Luis Obispo County but I might be able to make it in April.
Do you guys do a plant trade there or maybe set up trades here on DG ahead of time for delivery at the RU?
First, Jo, book it! The Date is Now Officially set for the RU for April 14th. I didn't hear any one say they couldn't do it that date. So, book your flight, Jo!
No you do not have to be subscribed member to join us at the RU. QG wasn't for her first, but later decided to join. We don't expect for everyone to be a member, just to have a friendly attitude and an interest in gardening. Because of our location, we encourage you to bring your SO, kids, parents, and friends. : - )
Special knowledge or expertise people choose to share is always a boon. : - )
Secondly, we do need to start a thread for the RU, about who will bring what to the RU Potluck.
I did like the box lunch idea, and that might work for some other time. : - )
I'm sure that sandwich won't go uneaten.
If someone would start a thread on plant/seed trades, that would be nice too.
I'm out of town, spending some time with family, and trying to recuperate from the recent illness referred to above.
So I'm not as able to check in as often as I'd like. : - (
I am so looking forward to meeting everyone, and hope to be in touch more often. : - )
Hope that covers everything for now.
Jo, thank you for listing us in the RU Forum, I greatly appreciate your help.
Weegy and Momr, thanks for helping out too. : - )
Sami, tell your DH, that I'm looking forward to seeing him at the RU. We all need something to look forward to. : - ) You remain as always in my prayers. : - )
Walk In Beauty~
I have a problem...Amy will be home soon...Ship coming in the end of the month. I emailed her to see if she could take to to the RU on the 14th and she is already signed up for some kind of run on that date...most of her squadron is to do this.
SOOOO...will anyone be coming from San Diego that I can ride with? Jo
Don't know if my daughter is planning Emma's birthday party for the 14th or 15th but will let you know SW.
So glad to see so many new people piping up here!
Sure hope I can make it and...I might just be bringing Emma and mom of course. I'll start the food thread for you SW! I'll do that this evening when there are no 'little' interruptions here...
Glad I came on line tonight and discovered you have set up date for April 14th. All I have to share is some naked lady bulbs that neighbor was going to throw out. Looking forward to coming for the RU. DH seems to be doing OK, just does take too many naps...but he always did nap a lot. Still won't have any news until after March 1st, but that would only be by our regular doctor.
Yay, glad I came onboard today to see the date. Peggy, my DH is looking forward to talking with yours (not that he is much of a talker, lol). He has enjoyed 'schmoosing' with him since the first RU that cold day in Mar 3 years ago when they huddled on the screened porch in Bonsall.
SW is right, you do not need to be a member. However, it is more difficult for non members to even know about it as they cannot access the California Forum, or the RU Forum. I do not know how I learned of it that first time, but remember I communicated with Kathleen via D-mail. After the RU I wanted to be able to continue to communicate with those I met (even if I could not remember their names), so I joined.
Jo, will her run be at the Navy base? Trying to figure where you need a pick up from.
Is it a San Diego address (even then that is vast) or another community name?
In looking to see where the San Diego Mud Run is, I see there are A LOT of them around the country. I see there is one in East County, Lakeside on that day: http://gladiatorrocknrun.com but there are a lot of them showing up when I google San Diego Mud Run. There are some near here in March and April too.
Monkeymomr - there is a DG r who lives in Alpine. Can't remember the pen name. Have you sent an invite to someone there? If they came they would not be far from Akers Roadrunner's DGD is having her mud run that day and maybe they could drive Ms Jo to the RU. Just thinking and trying to fond a way for her to make it up thisd way.
OMG, I figured I would try to find a list of those from CA, so went to the Member list, then CA and there are 39,000 members on 1015 pages. This may take some time to go through. BUT, they do show if they are a subscribing member and only those members would be able to read the RU or CA Gardening Forums and therefore know about what is going on. The member list goes from earliest members signed up to last (on page 1015).
I won't be able to make the RU. Would someone mind stepping up in my place to post the food thread? I've got a baby shower and birthday party to plan for. Hate to miss...if no one wants to do the thread, I will but it may be awhile before I can update. Thanks.
You weren't stepping on my toes at all. I haven't been able to get on-line until today. So thanks for helping me out.
Weegy, I love your growing family. We can always try to get together another time. : - )
Yes, please do invite your DG friends, and other friends too. It's all good! : - )
Jo, I know where Barona is, and I hope you can find a ride. LMK if you can't and maybe you could take the train up to O'side, and I can come get you from there?
Time on 'puter is limited. Didn't have it at all last week. Sigh.
Miss everyone and I too am excited at the newbies who want to come join us.
Got to go for now and update a thread in prayer forum.
Walk in Beauty~
SW - gosh, I have made a list to send invites to DG members from all over So Cal, but leaning more on areas within an hour to 1 1/2 hour drive here. I am hoping for a good turnout and that maybe some folks could carpool. It is a large list and my eyes are crossed from going through so many names. Sent Jo a Dmail regarding invites I will send to folks from around where she is staying or where her DGD is doing the race.
If everyone on the CA list came, we could have it at Angel Stadium! I will try to keep the page/list of those who are coming, if you would like.
SW you are back from HI? Troy's dad said that is where you guys were. Their set up really turned out nice for their hay sales.
Gosh thanks so much for stepping up and helping out with the Food Thread monkeymomr. : - )
QG, I can't thank you enough for your help too. That's the thing I love about DG'ers, they are always willing to step up and help.
I haven't seen the new set up myself yet with Troy's hay lot, but am so grateful we could work it out with the city and the owner of the wood lot.
In answer to your question, we will be returning home on Sunday, way early in the morning. I get confused about the time difference.
I am really looking forward to this event. : - )
The more the merrier.
Samigal, and Dillansnana, you both have always been supportive and I do appreciate it.
We do need to get a list of those who will be attending so for those of you who want to attend, please post that you will be attending and how many people will be in your party. I'll edit my first post and put you all down as attendees. : - )
We'll post food and plant trades on other threads. If they aren't set up when I get home (made sticky's), I'll take care of it then. No worries, but please post soon so we know how many folks will be attending.
As always my thanks for your help.
BTW, it's raining here, and has been off and on during our vacation, but when it's not it's breath takingly beautiful. The natives are friendly, but the tourists aren't very polite. That's how you can
tell the difference. LOL!
I guess the secret to using the internet around here is to get up before everyone else and use the 'puter while they still be sleeping.
Today DH wants to take our sons up to see the volcanoes. It's gonna be a long day. : - )
And I need to start waking up the family so we can get started.
Walk In Beauty~
It's even more amazing who've we know from home that we've run into here!
I'll tell you more at the RU.
Gosh I miss you all, and I do thank you for passing on the need for SIL to get
some prayer help. Bless you my dear friend. : - )
Hi everyone! I've been using the DG website for research for years, but never did any posting or joining till now.I logged on today to look for landscape ideas (hardly a day goes by when I'm not mentally rearranging, digging up, or adding to my gardens!!) and noticed that you're all talking about a roundup. It sounds like fun, but I'm pretty unclear on exactly what a roundup is. Looks like it involves food and plant swapping. Is there anything else I should know? Think I'd like to join you this year. :-)
I live in Costa Mesa, which has a great climate for gardening. I'm like the Goldilocks of gardeners - I'm an ocean girl, but living near the ocean doesn't make for good gardening. After moving to the OC years ago it took a while to get it right. Lived in Corona del Mar but had to move after we went one entire summer without the sun ever breaking through the marine layer. Then Newport Beach, which was slightly better, then Orange, which was way too hot in summer and fried tender plants. Costa Mesa is the Baby Bear of gardening climates - it's juuuuust right. I get the smell of salt water, but since we're on a higher elevation (costa MESA, right?) the fog doesn't often creep all the way up here. That lets me plant the kind of things I like - plants that work two jobs. They have to either produce fruit or flowers for bouquets, or to smell really, really special. No "landscape" plants are allowed. Guess that makes me a specimen gardener.
Right now I'm rooting a couple of Charles Grimaldi angel trumpet cuttings from my trees. CGs are the best angel trumpets of all - heady, sensuous fragrance and near-continuous blooming throughout the year. I could bring those to a Round Up if, as I suspect, swapping is part of the fun. Right now I also have queen's tears pups, and could probably snip a few cuttings from my epiphyllum hookeri.
Well, that's more than enough about me! (From the sheer volume of my words, maybe you can guess that yes, I write for a living!) Please let me know about the Roundup!
Oh - my name is Cindy, by the way. My "mulberrygrrl" handle refers to the combination of my maiden and married names, and my sweet memories of spending summers up the mulberry tree (in Encinitas), picking fruit for my mother to bake me a pie. (Oftentimes I even managed to get enough into my mom's hands before eating them!)
Cheers to all you California gardeners - glad to meet you!
We will find a way to get you to the RU. : - )
Welcome Cindy! : - )
My DH says I have a tendency to talk too much and you'll be in good company. Lots of shared interests in our "gang of gardeners". LOL!
Maybe you can give me some tips on getting my Angel Trumpet to bloom. I'll beg for a cutting too, or trade you something, I have growing. You like specimen plants that will grow well in Costa Mesa or plants that you can make bouquets out of. Hmmm.
I'm a zone pusher and I'll give it some thought. : - )
I plan on starting a new thread when I get home on plant trades, so we can try to get it straight. One suggestion, if you are providing a plant for someone, please put that person's name on it so it doesn't walk off with someone else by accident. Extra's can be labeled as extras, and we'll have a special area set aside for them plants. Reduces confusion that way.
Don't worry Cindy, going to a RU is more fun than swinging on a swing under Gma Oak, and is as easy as riding your bike. Always a fun time.
Just don't expect me to make decent coffee now that weegy can't come. LOL!
monkeymomr, your Mom and G.daughter are welcome and will enjoy the outing. Especially the swings under G.ma Oak tree. : - )
Got to go, for now, the kids and I are sharing my laptop, but they have to carry it for me through the airports. LOL! : - )
Be home again on Sunday, and will probably take me a day or three to recover from the trip. : - (
It'll be good to be home again, as much as I'm enjoying new experiences and going on photo safari's, I really miss my own bed.
Walk In Beauty~
Grandmother Oak seems to have that effect on kids of all ages. : - )
Okay, I'm home, and resting from the actual traveling. I am a small person, but
still hate being crammed in a flying sardine can. Sigh.
It's been raining! Boy are the weeds getting tall!
I'm glad we got the rain but I do think my Wisteria is jumping the gun by blooming
QG, you were right about the hay lot. It does look nice, even though that's not exactly
where I thought it would be. It'll do.
Got to go for now,
SingingWolf - you can't get your brug to bloom? What kind is it? I stuck mine in the ground and it took off like Jack's beanstalk. Not sure if I've seen it bloom-less in its seven-year life. (I attached a photo to show what it looks like all though summer.) Cuttings have sprouted and bloomed easily too. And the only fertilizer it's ever had is merely overspray from the narcissus and alstromerium growing at its feet. Is yours in the ground? Might get too cold there. Just sprout a new one and see if that works - you should see a 5-6-footer within a year, methinks. If you want, I can mail you one; I have some just setting root now. Let me know.
Roundup sounds like lots of fun. I'll just watch for details.
I don't know what I'm doing right or wrong with the poor Angel's trumpet. I water it and let it go dry between waterings, and once fertilized it, but didn't get a single bloom last year. Sigh. It's a nice white one. Not a pretty peach one. It's also in a pot so I can move into the gh for winter. We're just a tad colder here than you usually are.
The ones in HI grow as big as trees, and come in lots of colors. : - )
I'm thinking it's the humidity. I still have to download them photos.
I am going to see my SIL today. I'll update the prayer list when I get back, but things are looking better for her. She is sitting up and they are weaning her off the O2. She is learning how to speak with the tracheotomy hole in her neck, but from what I've heard, everything seems to be improving slowly. Please keep them prayers coming. She likes the cards too. : - )
I hope you can make it to the RU Mulberrygrrl. Please let me know for sure. I'll be editing the names of the attendees as the time gets closer.
About a week before the event, I will send a blast (group D-mail) to those folks who will be attending the RU, which is why it's important to let me know if you are coming. The "Blast" gives directions to the folks who've said they will attending, on how to find us.
Thanks for everyone's help, seems like the RU practically runs itself. : - )
Let me edit the attendees to date, and please let me know if I made any mistakes. The number in parenthesis is how many will be in your party.
Hope to get the plant trade thread for the RU set up tomorrow.
Walk In Beauty~
Great to meet you Cindy. My name is Lynda and I live near SingingWolf. I too am a beach/coastal girl at heart and considering where I now live, I laughed at you finding Orange too hot!! I used to live in the South Bay, specifically Lomita and San Pedro. In San Pedro I overlooked Catalina Island and God sent his air conditioning each day around 2PM. No need to have the mechanical version in your house. Everything grew there in my neighbor's yards. I would see pine trees, cactus, gardenias, bougainvillas, fruit trees, roses, etc. I had a very small yard and was not much into gardening then, but everything grew. When I moved out here (with east county San Diego in between) I was at Lowes trying to select plants and the guy laughed with me and said on the coast you could just throw a plant in your garden and it would grow, but out here you needed to WORK at being a gardener. Oh, and AC is mandatory during our 100+ summers/fall, I even broke a thermometer putting it in the sun.
That all being said, that weather thing could easily be the problem SW is having with her Angel Trumpets. The first time I went to a RU I received a shared start for one from someone from San Diego who waxed poetic about how easy they were to grow. Indeed photos online and in a magazine article of her garden showed it to be quite lush. But my start did not make it. But then again, I feel like between killer frost and bone dry heat with winds, gardening is a three step forward one step backward activity. Not to mention when my DH lets horses out to roam wherever they want (but then again that is a whole other story). SW does really push the zone thing and her greenhouse helps (she grows bananas in there!). Out here, if you are on property, I think it is best to have a small area to designate as a garden because to attempt to landscape and maintain a whole property would be a monumental task in effort and finances.
So true QG, but you know me. I'll never stop pushing zones. LOL!
I am working on my native plant garden too, and hope to get good photos and good ID's on everything.
I realized while on our trip that we don't have a native plant garden in our area. Besides, I was the one out rescuing the Lupine seed from where the new Wal-mart is going to be built. LOL!
I am trying to collect the native wildflower seeds locally, but I've found that some were "loved to death", and I'm grateful that I can re-introduce them from other sources.
Glad we had a bit of a shower last night. Everything went well at the City Zoning Meeting last night too.
They won't be planting any more houses along our stretch of the main road. : - )
Please, if you are reading this and are interested in coming to our RU, let me know by posting your user name and how many will be attending in your group. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.
Also please check that I've added your name to the first post and have the info correct. I plan on adding more as I get confirmations.
Here is the D-mail I sent out to over 100 DG members in SoCal, both paid and not members. LOL, I concentrated on locations around here and around where Jo could possibly be picked up (around Imperial Beach, around Lakeside where the Mud Run will be and around Oceanside where the train could be taken to).
This D-Mail was a Group Blast to one of quiltygirl's group. Your replies to this D-Mail will only be seen by quiltygirl.
Hi, my name is Lynda, aka quiltygirl.
We are having a California Round Up to get together and share our company, have good eats, and swap plants, seeds and whatever else members bring to share with others (one year there was a rooster). Sometimes there is a speaker or someone shares a craft.
Singingwolf and her DH will be hosting us at their Farm in Menifee (SW Riverside County). The day is Saturday April 14th and we sure would like to meet more Dave's Garden members. You will find information over in the California Forum http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1240214/ If you are not a paid member and cannot access this Forum (as was my problem my first year), please feel free to D-mail me for info, sign up, or any questions.
Please come on over to the thread and say hi and give us your ideas. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Happy Gardening, Cooking or whatever else your interest may be that brought you to DG.
As Columbo would say, one more thing. SW, I thought the bigger issue was the widening of Scott Rd and not that more houses could even be built. I have read where they would like to limit growth in Meneifee so it does not burgeon like say, Murrieta. I have noticed on the Temecula signs, as you are going over their border, that their population looks like it has gone down.
Nice message to the nearer DG members, QG. I just feel so grateful that you where there to pick up the slack and I don't think I could have said it any better than you did. : - )
It's inevitable that Scott Rd. will be widened. It's just a matter of when they'll have the money to do the job. We already have too many unoccupied houses in our part of the county, it's become a concern to the new city. We need tax revenues to bring infrastructure improvements, and someday an overpass over the freeway. Most of the folks who brought property along Scott are long time residents who just enjoy working from their homes. They mind their own business, give a helping hand when needed and basically are good hard working Taxpayers.
Given the nature of the area, I think we should be modeling our city and what it will become on what is going on in the Norco/Corona area. More people in CA own horses, than any other State. A lot of them live here in Riverside County. I think they should build equestrian estates instead of McMansions.
Then again I'd rather plant trees than houses in the first place. : - )
Sorry to have digressed, if anyone is still interested we can discuss this topic at the RU.
I'll fix the question mark, but thought you'd giggle about it, glad to see ya did. : - )
My name is Jules of JulesGarden4B. I'm new to DG and live in Menifee, CA off Garboni Rd between Scott and Craig. I see that you will be hosting the Sat April 14th CA RU and would like to offer up my volunteer services to you. I am best contacted via my email address on my homepage at http://www.GlitzyGardenDecor.com website which has garden decor and patio party supplies. I launched my new webstore business the week after Christmas 2011 and have lots of new upcoming product, supplies, recipes, tips and other info to share.
Kindly contact me to connect and let's discuss how I can serve your needs for coordinating and getting the RU ready for all the wonderful DG members that wish to attend. i look forward to hearing from you, and hope your Spring is beautiful, your day terrific and make your outdoor space a "Glitzy Garden" place! ;O)
Please read your Dmail. Sorry I wasn't able to send it to the other addy. : - (
I'm looking forward to meeting you too. : - )
How many will be in your party? I'd like to update the attendees above. : - )
Sounds like you have a lot going on, and hopefully you'll have some ideas to share with us. Those are some really nice photos. Did you take them?
I still need to get that plant trade thread started up, and then ask Terry to make them both stickies.
And I'd better do it before I run out of energy.
Be checking in later on.
Walk In Beauty~
hi everyone. SW- there's going to be five in my party.
I want to remind everyone that the thread to sign up for the pot luck has started and want to encourage everyone to post their goodies they will be bringing. Thanks.
Hi Everyone! Thanks for the invitation. I'd love to join the RU. Haven't been to one in a really long time. Put me down for 2 please. I will plan to come but do have to double check on one thing before confirming. What time to you plan to start / end the RU? I ask because the Ramona Garden club is having their annual Garden Tour on April 28th and I believe there is a meeting on 4/14.
There will be 2 of us and really looking forward to meeting new gardening friends. Hi Jules from Glitzy Garden, so close to our hosts too. It was 88 degrees here today, hope we have some great weather for the RU.
Hi everyone! I am Karen, and I can't wait to meet you all at the roundup. I am a newbie, though, and still finding my way around this DG site. Where do I find the info on the potluck and trading? Thanks~~
Hey folks~~ Found the potluck sign-up. I will be bringing something tasty...I am really looking forward to th RU. Hoping to bring a 2nd person as well, if that's OK. So I may be +1, for those who count these things! Happy gardening to all!! Karen
I'm sorry I was AWOL over the weekend. Some stuff came up with my SIL, Sandy (see Prayer Forum for details).
I meant to post a thread on Friday for plant trades. Will do so now. Then I'll come back and add a link.
Happy to welcome you to the RU, TLeaves. : - )
I know where Ramona is, and will have to try to come out and see the tour April 28th. : - )
Thanks for sharing that link.
tchrkare, I'll be happy to welcome you too. I am sure that you'll enjoy yourself. : - )
Be back soon with the link to the plant trade thread, which I'll post on the first post of this thread.
OOPS! Forgot to mention, that in the past we've tried to start the RU about 10:00 am and it usually starts winding down about 2:00 pm. Which gives people a chance to get here without stressing the time too much and also some of us get tired and need a siesta come the afternoon. I hope that the scheduled times work out for those who haven't been here before. I guess I forgot to mention it because it's just always been like that since I started going to RU's in 2009. Seems to work for most folks.
Just thought I'd clear that up for anyone who was still wondering.
Walk In Beauty~
Here is info from a non-pd member who wants to come to the RU from Corona. I have send your time of day info and asked her how many she will be and that we would add her info to food and plant threads. I also, via D-mail, sent her copies of the entries for food and plants. SW, please include her D-mail address for your address/direction d-mail that you send out. (Icky3585)
please send me the info as I am not a paid member yet. I would like to know more about who lives around me and loves gardening and cooking, etc.
Thank you so much for organizing/inviting...
I would like to be there. I would need directions and what time (when you know) to arrive. I can bring some seedlings of watermelon, squash, tomato? I have lots of seeds leftover.
I could bring some fruit skewers and a cookie bar dessert (like smores).
To know what quantities to bring...how many people have come in the past?
Thank you for your offer and assistance as I am not a paid member at this time.
I will add her to the list (really? Icky3585/Kristen? I don't know if I can call her, Icky. Can't call Sharon in LV, 'worms' either.). You can put up her seed for trades or better yet just let people know she'll be bringing them, if you wouldn't mind.
Monkymomr, can put down the food items that she mentioned in the above post.
I hope you told her to bring enough food to feed about 10 people. I know it may or may not add up to be that amount but it all works out, and means you have to step lively when it's supper time. Most of the time their is more than enough food, and it all seems to go home with someone at the end of the day.
I should thank you and monkymomr, for your help in organizing and making this event happen. I know that it would be really hard for me to do this year, without everyone pitching in and helping out.
You all really rock my world. Maybe I should say steady it, because it always seems to be moving. LOL! : - )
I am really sad that weegy, Jo, Marie, and Rodica won't be able to make it this year to the RU, but it looks like we'll be able to have the pleasure of meeting some folks we haven't met before. : - )
Sometimes things just don't work out the way we'd like them to, but we know that family comes first.
Jo, you aren't no chicken, and you will be missed. : - (
That just means more chocolate for the rest of us! LOL! We'll take photos, Jo, to share with you and I pray your cousin has a swift recovery. Give her my prayers and a hug, okay?
Got to make them changes in attendees.
Walk In Beauty~
It sounds like too much fun! I think it's time for a road trip. I'll be coming from the High Desert so if anyone out this way wants to carpool let me know. I probably don't have many plants to trade this year, but I'm heading over to the potluck thread right now!
I've got sprouts...hoping they get big enough to bring. How big does a seedling have to be to be adopted out? I'm hoping to have pics of Sam's garden so she can bring them to show. I'm thinking it's time for her to have a pair of gardening gloves. They have the cutest (littlest) one at Walmart with princesses on them.
Welcome desert_witch. Will you be attending by yourself?
I am hopeful it will be a lot of fun for everyone. : - )
It should have leaves, Momr, but don't worry, you can trade seeds too.
I haven't had much of a chance to see what sprung up when I wasn't looking,
but am trying to keep everything up to date. : - )
I have to run for now, but will be back soon.
That's the way they do ya. The watched pot never boils, and the plants don't sprout while you are watching them. But the weeds do! I've never been able to figure that one out. LOL!
You are doing fine.
I have some ground orchids that are about ready to be started, they can be grown in the ground in the beach areas, and I grow mine in a pot, although I am thinking of planting them in the ground inside the gh. I need to count to see how many I have that are ready, but I think I have at least 4.
When I know how many I'll add them up above.
Does anyone have any creeping phlox? My ES is really getting into gardening, now that he has his own place and the hay yard is close to his house. I really think it's an effort to restore his feeling of lost privacy. Also he enjoys nice things.
He's been asking me about grass seed, when he lives on a slope! I'm trying to talk him into other plants and he will be attending the RU. You all can help. : - )
I'll be posting again soon. I'm getting excited myself about the RU. : - )
Got some fun in store for you all, and from the looks of the food thread, no one will be going hungry,
but haven't seen much action on the plant/seed/etc. trade thread. Take a look around, and see what you can bring to trade, or share. BTW, my son is planning on buying a 6 pack of veggie's to share out, maybe two. He just hasn't decided what kinds yet. He figures if he cuts them into their separate cells that people will be able to take a seedling home. He always did take the easy way out. I tend to start plants inside the greenhouse and transplant when I can, outside the gh. When I broadcast seed it never fails but them lousy chickens eat my seeds! Still have a couple of hens loose. Now I am resorting to bribing them to re-enter the chicken pen. Sigh.
Got to make hay while the sun is shining. LOL!
Congrat indeed! What happy news for the family. Pass on our well wishes for them, to Amy and Russ.
Wonderful news, Jo! And how many Great Gran kids do you have?
What a Blessing for you, Jo. : - )
That's what I call "the children of my heart". You may not be related to them kids, but you love them anyway, and you'll always claim 'em. I got a couple of "summer kids" like that myself.
What a joy for you, Jo. : - )
SW, I have told some of the newbies you will be sending an encrypted message (lol, D-mail) with your address, phone and directions. That, for security reasons logically, you do not make a general post.
So sorry for the delayed response from March 8th. Since my mother's death on July 31, 2011...I've been busy de-cluttering parts of the house for my dad (57 years worth!). I'd like to bring my dad to the April 14th RU, and as far as I can tell, it begins at 10am? Is this correct? I've responded to the potluck thread with commitment to food, (and papergoods, if needed). Our gardens are just gorgeous this year so far. It's year of the Iris!
I'd like to bring some Spraxis (I have absolute tons: see attached photo) and a few tall bearded Iris for whomever wishes (see attached photo). Yes, all the photos are from our personal garden and are seen on my Facebook page and my website. http://www.facebook.com/GlitzyGardenDecor
Please let me know how I can help and sorry for the last minute contacting.
All the best wishes,
Gee whiz, that was fast Jules. : - )
I'll be adding you and your Dad to the list. : - )
I'm sure you'll have lots to share with us, and I'm helping my Mom with the same thing right now. Okay, I've got my kids helping her, while I goof off. : - )
I do hope you'll bring your Dad. I think he'll enjoy himself.
BTW, for anyone who is concerned about the weather, if it is raining, we'll be moving the RU inside the Bee Barn. If you are worried about the Bees, don't. They are up in the Bakersfield area right now.
DH told me not to worry about it, he'll take care of moving the tables (with his forklift) and getting things set up in the Bee barn, but I was hoping we could have the RU under Gma Oak. Let's hope the weather is kind to us that day, during the RU. We need the rain, so I just hope it's over and done with before Saturday.
Any one else who is planning on attending the RU, should be sure to sign up on this thread, then follow the links to the Food/Potluck Thread and the Plant/Seed/etc. trade thread for the RU. I do have the links posted on the very first post of this thread for easy reference.
I plan on sending out the blast no later than Wednesday.
We are looking forward to meeting everyone, sharing ideas, stories, food, plants, and lots of great memories.
Be seeing you soon!
Walk In Beauty~
desert_witch, my daughter just had to cancel on me. Would it be possible to car pool with you. I will be happy to help with gas. I will get there one way or another, I'm just thinking a car ride would make it easier. LOL
My friend since jr. hi called and is coming to Murrieta from Santa Barbara on Sat for her daughter's color guard competition. It is not till 7:30 pm and her DD will come with team, but she will try to leave SB around 8 AM and will join us at the RU! Yea! Need to copy SW address to email it to her.
As mentioned to our gracius hostess with the most-ess, SingingWolf, I'll be bringing some recipes to share, a small craft item to do for fun (about 26 of them), some good grub, and a few plants to give out. I have about 8 Spraxis and 3 or 4 Iris bulbs [See pictures for colors.] for anyone interested. For locals near Menifee, CA, I can always get more plants to you ... just need to wait until the Iris stops blooming!
I look forward to meeting you all and hearing more about your gardens and any tips you may have. To reiterate SW's list, here is the potential attendees list for tomorrow as I have last seen it. Anymore people planned to attend, kindly advise so I'll have enough small crafts for everyone.
DG MEMBERS ATTENDING THE 2012 ROUND UP in MENIFEE, CA
BTW: As SW mentioned previously...Be sure to wear layered clothes and tennis shoe-type footwear, because at the time of this post, it's about to drizzle today. It's against all civility that there will be any drops of rain on our RU tomorrow...so hoping for a sun-shinny day!
Wishing you all safe travel and see you tomorrow. Remember...make your outdoor space a "Glitzy Garden" place! ;O)
Love to you all --- Jules
It rained during the night and we are getting sprinkles on and off today. I know we need the rain, but having a beautiful sunny Saturday would sure help. "Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day".
Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces tomorrow!!
OK, I individually sent direction in D-mails this time. Hope it all works, looks like only Robin got the first one. I am just west of SW, and we had one tiny blast of sprinkle this AM (just at the time I procrastinated to divide up the Pregnant Onion to bring). I think I will bring the zebra succulent thing all clumped in the pot and those who want a piece can break it off. It roots so easily. Need to go clip some rose geranium pieces to bring.
Weather.com hourly forecast for Menifee does not show high%'s for rain and last rain post shows 30% for 9AM Sat. It does show "southern CA version" of cold though - high 50's to mid 60's. Means SW needs 3 parkas.
So, after only a piddling amount of rain this AM while I divided the PG onion it actually cleared some. Then when I took the dogs out this PM it was blowing like crazy but I figured I could divide up some other plants and sure enough it started sprinkling. Got em potted and made cuttings just before the deluge! Cats and dogs I am telling you, then thunder and lighning. Felt like I should unplug the computer. The realized my recipes for tomorrow were trapped in there! seems to be calming down so I can get off this iTouch and turn on the big guy.
Is it ok if I add one more person? I am bringing only a couple of seedlings but am bringing my seed trading box so people can take what they want. I hope I can sleep tonight.
As for rain...it's rained all night and day here. I've started to quack.
Thank you all for a wonderful day! I enjoyed the company, the hospitality, the food, well, it was all such fun! My new plants make me happy, too~~ A great day!!! And so much fun delivering flowers to my family. All the best, Karen :)
From Sam...I had a good time. Thank you for the hayride. The meatballs were yummy.
From me...Thank you so much SW for opening up your home and bringing us all together. I had the most wonderful time. GG-thank you for all you help and for making the day easier on SW.
I enjoyed meeting all of you and love all the plants and seeds. The food was great and the hayride was the cherry on top of a wonderful day.
Don't be surprised if you find me camping under grandmother oak this summer. When I was a little girl I always dreamed of living in a tree. Happy gardening and sweet dreams to all. Robyn
Had a great time! Loved meeting everyone, so sorry some of the gardeners couldn't make it. Going to spend a lot of time doing some planting now, thanks everyone for sharing your plants with me. All the fresh flowers I have taken apart and put them in a couple vases, spent about a couple of fun hours doing that.
We stopped in Hemet to visit some friends for for a few hours and my doggies were so happy to see us come home. One enjoyable Saturday!!
Thank you to our gracious hosts! Great to see everyone again and all the new attendees also (even the new baby doggie, Naomi). It was wonderful having the warming fire and the hay ride. Great food and thanks to everyone for the plentiful plants, I shall be busy planting for awhile! We took that big bucket full of bouquets to church in the morning and they were a big hit!
We were only home for a short time before one of our Miniature Pinschers got outside our fencing and was heading for the hills. Little did my visiting friend think she would becoming ladders, negotiating chain link and mending fences! Yes, we caught the little vixen thanks to Tony digging under the Cain link on the other side of the flood control channel.
We have neighbors with the tiny miniature pinschers. Our girl is likely 'regular' size and the boy is bigger and just looks more masculine. Our girl usually only runs one direction - away. You bring meat to lure her and she gets alllmmmoooossst close enough to catch her, then laughs and keeps running. For some odd reason on Sat. this is the first time she WANTED to come back in. Thank goodness as the default to catching her is usually DD as it is her dog, but her not being here...
I just stand in the yard and yell at her that I'm not going to chase her. She usually comes home in about 15 mins. It seems that it's not a much fun if I'm not chasing her. I'm sure the neighbors found my trying to run after her pretty funny too. If I run after her she will run forever.
I am so sorry I missed this and chagrined as well that I didn't get online to update that I wouldn't be able to make it. Last week was rough here at the ranch as my truck went out and I spent the weekend fixing it myself. It's been one thing after another and this is the first chance I've had to breathe, let alone get online for a minute. I hope everyone had fun, and with luck I will get to meet you all someday!
It has started to cool off here a little so I got out and planted a few things I got at the round up. I'm running out of room, just saved a small place for a few tomato plants. I picked up a couple salia plants for $1 each from Lowe's and they are looking good. Also got some impaitents for cheap and I plan on putting them in a topsy turvy holder for plants for humming birds. Once I get it set up I'll take a picture and hope I have good luck with it.
Hi All! If you read the DG weekly newsletter, you saw that tecoma stans is the plant of the week! I hope all of you got plenty of my tecoma stans seeds, but if you didn't, ( or missed the roundup) LMK and I will gladly mail you some! Karen
Yellow trumpet vine, aka yellow bells or yellow elder
I just wanted to thank everyone who helped out during the RU, and attended despite the weather. : - )
I had a wonderful time. I was a bit chilly, but even still it was worth it. Even though that puppy about scared
me to death trying to sleep in the fire. LOL! The little ones were a delight to see, especially when they started
to dance to Quiche Lorraine. : - )
I even saw Samigal dance a couple of steps. : - )
Once I recovered from the cold, I started working on transplanting my booty (plants, silly!). ES and I are trying
to figure out the best placement, but we have to wait for some BIG piles of dirt to be moved first. Hopefully, that will happen this weekend. ES is so thrilled about those barrier plants. : - )
Then we got the news about DH's sister, Sandy, and things are not looking good for her. : - (
(Please see the Prayer forum if you aren't up to date.)
On top of that (like I need any more Drama in my life!) Mom has been having fun with her
dementia, but it's making me crazy worrying about her. QG, we got a great Social Worker, and she's really helping with getting Mom on Medi-Cal. Sometimes we get lucky. I think that the Social Worker sees how hard we've all been trying to clean up the mess that my EB#1 caused, as well as years of neglect. Bless her heart, Mom just didn't want to bother us, and here we were thinking EB#1 was dealing with the problems as they came up, instead of ignoring them. Seems like there is someone there every day now, and while I'm really, really, grateful for the help, I sure am tired.
So we've been spending the last few weeks doing the cleaning of the clutter, and the almost
total redo of the interior of the house, new paint, floors and some new furniture. OMG, my life is a combination of re reality tv shows! Acckkk~~
Hopefully all will be done by the end of next week before EB#2 and family come for their annual visit.
The Pup has gone to live with ES. It gets along great with his dog. After the third time it tried to hamstring me, I decided she needed someone a bit more active to play with her.
I hope to actually post photos someday of the folks who attended the RU this year. Now if only
I can remember when I put that battery charger . . .
Thanks to all for attending the RU this year, and I distinctly remember MonkeyMomr saying she'd host it at her place if she could find enough room to put us all. LOL!
It's definitely some one else's turn next year. If we vary locations maybe we'll get to meet more members? I hope so, even though I do enjoy showing off our farm, I believe that the RU has been held in the general area where I live for the last several years. Change is good.
Anyway, you all got a whole year to think about it. : - )
I'll be AWOL for awhile, but don't want anyone to be worried. Just got to take care of family stuff right now.
I know you all will understand, and no worries. I'll be back.
Walk In Beauty~
Thank you so much for hosting. The farm is so beautiful and I am truely in love with Grandmother Oak. The girls had so much fun and so did Michelle and Travis and my mom. I enjoyed meeting everyone. The kids and I are starting work on the backyard this weekend. I'm looking forward to hosting next year. Hugs to everyone.
I love that farm!!! The first year Singing Wolf hosted the round up I really enjoyed myself, first time on a farm. Not saying I didn't enjoy the next two round ups, but I just couldn't imagine how big it was and of course fell in love with the Grandma Oak tree. Will be looking forward to next year's at monkeymomr's, God willing.
I'm really going to try to get some plumeria plants going for everyone. I never realized how many plants there are around here that I never saw before until I became interested in them.
The news isn't looking good for DH right now. Meds. the oncologist wanted to put him on would cost us $800 which we just couldn't afford to do. Going to check into other places to see if we can get help with finances. He still will be on Lupron shots and Casodex for now. To look at him you wouldn't think he had any problems except getting older and I found that is a big enough problem.
Sometimes Sami, the drug distributer/company might help you out with the cost of the drug. It never hurts to ask.
You are and your DH, are in my prayers.
Looking forward to next year's RU at monkeymomr's. Tee Hee!
I am glad that so many of you got to meet G.Ma oak, just sad that it was cool and I was too tired to give you all the grand tour. I think I did that the first year?
Thanks to all of you, I had a blast. : - )
Got to go, new flooring is finished at Mom's, and we need to get her settled in.
More when I can find a minute.
It's been a month since anyone has posted and I miss all of you. I'm waiting to see some pictures of the round-up in April that anyone has taken. It's going to be a hot summer and I just don't like all that heat. Hoping all is going well for everyone.
Good luck with those gophers monkeymomr. When we lived in Long Beach I fought them every year with no success. I could watch them pull my tomato plants underground and they would eat the roots off my zucchini plants. I'm not bothered with them here, but forever gathering up pine needles.
I would much rather deal with pine needles. Why is it when the upper part of a plant is poisonous for an animal to chew (oleander, tomato), the gophers can chew the roots and survive?!
Robin, I have yellow squash ( not crookneck?) ready to pick, the pumpkin vine is getting long, and the tomatillo plant has tons of flowers. They are all being grown in pots!
Nothing in ground but have 8 different tomato plants in straw bales, then more maters, peppers, grapes and blueberries in pots plus herbs. Have some peaches looking good. Since it was planted last summer I was supposed to cut all peach buds off so the growth could go I to the tree, but after several dozen peach abortions I just had to leave SOME!
Sorry folks, I can't find my battery charger, so can't download my photos from the RU. : - (
Robin, what kind of squash is that? I've got some that I should pick too, but forgot what kind it is. DUH! : - (
Thanks for the veggies, they are very happy. : - )
Fire season is officially here in CA. It started yesterday, at cousin Loretta's place, two doors down from us, when a power line transformer, blew out. Wires in the road, sparked and touched off a fire in dense brush along the road in front of the two houses next to us. It was pretty intense.
Especially seeing the water(?) dropping airplanes and the helicopter flying right over my head with it's hose dangling (helicopter). I smell smoke, I look for the source. Sent one of the kids up to the ridge line to take photos (he used his phone camera, and hasn't shared!), and went out to see if our place was okay. Then I got to calm the unfriendly stallion, who belongs to my neighbor, because they were offloading firefighters right next to his corral, and it really scared him. He calmed down when a two legged came to talk to him (me). The mare was being tended to by another neighbor. We were both happy when the owner, Dale arrived home. And he still had one! He thanked us for staying with the horses. They don't ride 'em, just breed 'em. Glad they only had the two right now. Although, we got lots of horse folk around here and I did call my neighbor Aggie and put her on the alert as a possible rescue location site if we had to move horses. About 20 years ago there was a big fire to the east of us, and Aggie's family rescued as many as they could, because many owners weren't home when the fire hit. So we have an informal horse rescue squad around here and Aggie knows everyone on it.
They say that CA's don't care about their neighbors, but in our community we do care. I had a couple of phone calls from friends, and Shannon, who lives nearby actually ran all the way here from her house to make sure we were okay. Other people came by to make sure we were okay too, or heard it through the grapevine. People never cease to amaze me, and befuddle me.
I sure hope that the guys in the helicopter didn't get stung by the bees, I tried to warn them not to set down their copter so close to the bee hives but they told me to leave, so I did. I think they were just there to make sure the fire didn't creep over onto our side of the ridge. It was the time of day when the fires tend to flare up, twilight. I am grateful they were there and on top of the fire with so many resources, so quickly. The wind has been blowing pretty strong all week, but yesterday it wasn't as strong, thanks be to the Creator.
I haven't moved that fast in years, and hope I don't have to again anytime soon. Was actually surprised at how fast I was able to move. Was even happier that my Chiropractor didn't mind me being late because of the fire. Really, really happy he put me back together again. : - )
Besides he got a walk-in, while they had traffic stopped. The guy figured since he wasn't going anywhere soon, he might as well use the time and get his back adjusted. LOL! Lemonade!
I did ask our neighbor Dale to ask the firefighters to do a welfare check on Cousin Loretta. No one has seen her for awhile, and she is getting elderly. I'd of asked but couldn't get close enough to get their attention. I pray she is okay and with her son and his family.
Her trailer was scorched but still there. Don't know if their bee barn was still in the back, seemed that was where a lot of the smoke was coming from. Should be able to see better today, although, it still smells smoky out there.
Lots of excitement on the old farm yesterday.
Could have done with out it.
So for those of you who tried and couldn't reach me yesterday, that is why. They got the power restored about 7:30 last night, so it could have been a lot worse, and I'm grateful, so grateful it didn't climb over the ridge and burn our place. CDF our local fire dept. and even a truck from Pechanga's fire dept. showed up, along with an ambulance and of course the aerial firefighters. Thanks to all of you fire responders! : - )
No worries, our place is still unburned, and beautiful. We are okay.
My apologies again for not posting photos of the RU. I guess I'll have to order a new battery charger for that camera. Sigh.
Be well, and take care!
Walk In Beauty~
Wow, an adventure I wouldn't want to join. Thank goodness you and farm are OK, Jules. If you order a new charger for your camera you will surely find the old one.
Things like that always happen to me.
We got financial funding for the meds. oncologist wants DH to take, but having a little difficult time getting it filled. Kaiser said they didn't accept outside funding, what a shock to my system. But, I talked to the social worker that works with the oncologist and she was so shocked too but made a few calls even to the Chronic Disease Fund who explained that when the pharmacy logs into their wed site and gives them all the information on the card they sent us they will issue a visa card and they use that card for the funds. No one seems to read all instructions before they deny us. Didn't want to go to an outside pharmacy as I would use the benefits I have and that medication is so very expensive, $5,000. Now that is settled I can get back to my plants.
I have 4 plumeria plants with inflos so I'll be having some flowers soon. I'll have to be surprised as to color. I'll be sure to have my camera ready when the time comes. I'm so bad about keeping names and colors of blooms with plant. I know I'll have yellow and hoping a white one.
Tie a yellow ribbon around the pot which has the yellow plummy, and a white one if you get one, around it's pot. Or do what DH does to sold Christmas trees. He paints the trunks on the ones that have been sold. You could get a yellow tag, button, or something so you tell 'em apart.
I have a white one which has lots of side branches, but don't know how to start plummie's from their branches. One I have (the big 'un) is white, and I'll see if I can't try to get one to grow for you if yours isn't white. The other one is the only plant I brought back from HI. It's supposed to be pink. It's small but has 3 or 4 side branches already. No blooms except for Donna's. I was pleasantly surprised to see it blooming yesterday. I took a minute to think about the just plain goodness that was Donna. And I smiled at the memory of her visit during our first RU here and the one at Kathleens.
Bittersweet, but welcome.
I'm sorry to hear about your problems with Kaiser. Glad the Social Worker was able to help you out. OUCH! Who can afford the price of those meds? Bless the Social Worker for relieving you of that financial stress.
Still keeping you in my prayers.
Yep, just as soon as I order a new one, I'll find out where the cleaning lady hid the camera battery charger. She hasn't been here for months, so you'd think I'd have found it by now. Oh well.
Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts.
Just double checked, and hoped I'd downloaded some of the RU photos, but found you a yellow Plummy instead.
California Firefighters are the best in the whole world!!!
Samigal, I'm glad things are getting better. Kiaser can be a pain. I was born there and my mom worked there for thirty years. She still loves them but I don't miss them. Good luck and prayers to you and DH.
I haven't been out to check on my plummies yet today. I'll be sure to have my camera ready. When you take cuttings from your plumeria you have to let the end callus over before putting it in soil. I've let them sit around for 2 weeks or longer before planting them. It takes about 3 months for them to develop roots. I usually use some root tone, I'm giving them all the help they need. SW your plummie really looks nice and healthy. I've never noticed them around here until I became interested in them and now I find so many people have them growing in their yards. Some pretty big trees too.
Monkeymomr I never had any problems with Kaiser and we have been with them for many years. Have a wonderful doctor who truly cares about his patients. This funding experience really shook me up, thank goodness I have someone to work with me. I'll really believe all this when the meds are in our hands. Monday the social worker will explain it to the manager at the pharmacy and we should be OK. Hoping the meds will help a lot. Also has to have a stronger med for his bones and that is done by infusion once a month. I don't know if that will be costing us very much or not. I'm already planning on another round up next year and I'm never one to plan too far ahead.
The round up for me was such a wonderful expierence and also gave me a since of center being outside and with people of the same mind. I think by next year I will again need that and am looking forward to it too. All of you reminded me of the human that is so wonderful in nature.
Golly Jules, glad you are all OK. I had not even heard or smelled (that usually comes first, DH calls me his bloodhound) of the fire. I haven't been keeping up as we have bee SO busy looking for a place to buy - that we can afford to buy cash, cheap. Had a place in escrow near Anza (Pinyon Pines), but found out some wells are failing. Really want it cooler than here though and Anza fit that bill. Last weekend we went to AZ to the the Prescott area and we are buying a house in the west hills of Chino Valley and if all is accepted, closing should be 6-10. It was a foreclosure manufactured house on 2.5 acres with gorgeous east views to the Mingus (?) mtns. Now the moving coordination dance starts! Besides packing about 500 (not kidding) boxes and moving all the household stuff, plants I want to bring, there are the animals to consider. DH is arranging horse/goat transport. He was listing corrals and shade covers on Craigslist and looking at Craigslist Prescott for used ones to buy, but it looks actually cheaper to have ANOTHER transport at $500 to move all the fencing stuff. And this all has to be coordinated for the same day so as they load the animals, the corrals are disassembled, moved and reassembled there as we unload animals.
Being a forclosure house, this has a list of repairs/inspections. Some must be done and other we want to do. Grading the road is a must for the move. If it rains heavy we are SOL as there is a gulch 1/4 mi from house that will not work for non 4WD vehicle.
I forgot to mention, I was in a car crash on 6-1, and fractured my wrist badly. Thurs there was surgery to install a metal plate (oweee!!! I am cybor mom now) so all the driving and packing are one handed as DH no longer drives at all.
Nice place, quiltygirl. I can see you are going to be very busy for a while. I hate moving, to me it is so stressful, but others seem to go with the flo. I know what you mean by buying a forclosure, always repairs to be made. Moving animals too must be hard, something I never had to do unless you move a dog or cat. Lots of land, great for all your gardening, etc.
Sorry to hear about your wrist, what a bad time for that to happen with all the moving you have to do. Take care and keep us posted on how the move is going, that is if you have time.
It dawned on me that you are moving to Arizona, a long ways away from us. When you first mention Chino I was thinking Chino Hills here. Should have done a better job of reading your post. I'm happy for you, but sad at the same time. Take care of that wrist of yours.
Jules, I have a white plumeria blooming now, doesn't take much to make me happy. LOL Also will be getting blooms on another plant and looks like red to me. I'll be sure to mark them this time. The gal I got the cuttings from had marked them, but can't read what she put on the stems now. I know she gave me one she called candy and I'm hoping that is what this red one will be. Have more plants but no inflos on them yet.
I now, I keep saying just 'Chino' myself. Way less populated though, thankfully. And could hardly get more than a shed for this price here. I have started having anxiety attacks, just so much $h!! to pack. LOL, told DD, I figured I could make this easier, by just packing bedroom & dining rm furniture, newest flat screen TV, one smaller recliner, all linens and kitchen, holiday decos (lots of boxes) some plants & garden stuff and take NO ANIMALS or DH and all his stuff. Cleaner, quieter house yay!
I hear you quiltygirl on moving so much. We moved a lot of $h!! here that could could have been left, but to DH it was all so important. I did get rid of a lot of things, but wasn't even a dent in the bucket.
My beloved dog Molly passed away today and I didn't think I had so many tears left in me. She came into the office to lay down beside me while I was on the computer and in a matter of a few minutes she was gone. Against the law to bury her in our yard so had to take her to the pound. They gave me a wonderful sympathy card with the poem "Rainbow Bridge" on it. Great poem and softens the hurt a little.
oh Pegi, I am sorry with you. She knew how you loved her and came to be with you. My heart ours out to you!
With our 11 animals, there are some I resisted having, but it is hard not to fall in live with all of them. I am wondering how our older animals are going to handle this move. 2 are not in great shape now and we will need to travel through the 112 degree CA desert in the night .
Even though God's word does not specifically say out dear pets will go to heaven, I feel that since He is love, we will be reunited.
Awwww, Pegi, so sorry to hear this. I know how you feel, my beloved Misty had to be put down on Xmas Eve. I still have tears for her and now I have tears for you. I'm glad though that your Molly went in peace. Misty and Molly can frolic together up there.
I know how heart broken everyone gets when they lose a beloved pet. Molly was my shadow. But the poem says the Rainbow Bridge is just this side of Heaven and our pets can ran and play. Beautiful poem!!
Where is everyone? I upgraded my Internet Explorer and now when I try to get into DG a pop up says IE can't open Dave's Garden. This never happened before, they sure know how to mess with my mind. Had to go to Google Chrome.
The heat seems to be giving problems all over as far as our gardens are concerned. My veggies aren't doing well at all. Squash grew but as soon as fruit starts to set it turns yellow and dries up. Tomatoes aren't doing well either, getting bottom rot, and I'm looking forward to a BLT too. Plumeria plants are growing, have 2 white ones blooming and a candy stripe one. At least that is making me smile.
My veggies are doing well as long as I water them everynight. My flowers on the other hand are suffering from lack of attention. With so many things up in the air right now I'm just having a hard time putting effort into something I may have to leave behind. Thats not stopping me from planing my winter sowing and next years garden. Hope to be settled by then.
Getting out in the back yard and working doesn't seem to be working for me. It isn't too hot so don't know what my problem is except I'm lazy. I have plants to pot up and can't seem to get going on that. When I see plants at Lowe's on clearance I can't seem to pass them up. Maybe it is a good thing I don't get there when they first put them out or I'd be bringing home more. Just wish I had more room to plant, DH can't seem to get his junk moved out of my way. Of course all his stuff is trash while my things are treasures. LOL Haven't heard from Singing Wolf in a long time, I hope she is doing OK.
Wonder if Quiltygirl is at home in Arizona now??I I know we will be hearing from her when she has her computer up and running. These hot days just keep me so lazy and I don't get anything done. I'm blaming it on the heat so when it does cool off I don't know what my excuse will be.
Yes we are here, but not without many challenges over the last several weeks. 3 26ft UHaul trucks in 2 trips with one of the trucks losing AC somewhere near Banning, the one DH was in with a driver (he no longer drives) and 2 of our dogs. 4 hour layover at UHaul mechanic where they did nothing and they had to drive through 118 degrees without AC and even needing to turn on heater on some steeper grades. He put the dogs in the one with air.
Meanwhile DD and I were dealing with rental pickups and rental horse trailers that were wrong or not there for a couple days. We planned on driving at night for the benefit of the animals with the desert heat, but that stupid horse refused to load in the dark. Poor DD had rope burns and pulled shoulders before we gave up, slept in the truck for a couple hours and started again in AM. By then, having the 3 goats in the tack room would not work with no window, so they were loose with Colora. There was an initial commotion when #1 goat thought it was a good idea to head butt Colora's flank first off, lol. Thankfully they are used to being housed together. In the extended cab were 2 big carriers, one with the older cat and the other with the bunny, plus tons of other stuff and 2 loose dogs and one loose cat that were leashed up at the three planned watering stops. How DID Noah manage? We got to the house with a bag of burgers about 4:30PM, unloaded all, went to buy hay slept a few hours sitting in chair and headed out about 2 AM so we could get the rentals back. 2 days of no shower, tooth brushing or changing clothes made me feel like a hobo. That and my torn pants and stained shirt. Showers were calling us by name. Spent the night at a motel, ran errands then left in the afternoon to go 'home'.
Just in time for monsoonal rains. Just over 2 inches in 2 days meant the STUPID new car DH INSISTED UPON was unusable with its 6 inch clearance on a mile of dirt road with puddles that deep. I drove the Uhauls that still hadn't been picked up over the next few days to Lowes, etc to get doors, ceiling fans, rolling gorilla racks which would have never fit in that $&^% car anyway. Seems odd to have humidity in AZ, but at least we are not in the low desert areas with their hundred teens degrees.
Foreclosure house was a great deal, but have had more than anticipated repair project$s and still do not have flooring. Only 'handy' folks should buy 'projects' and we are not.
Go back tomorrow for arm cast removal and getting wrist brace. Being one handed in all this has been challenging, for sure. Still have loads of boxes to do.
Oh, quiltygirl I just don't know how you managed it all. Hard enough moving family without having to move animals in the heat.
We bought a foreclosure too, and of course some things we didn't find until we started painting, etc. You are so right about handy folks should buy the houses that need work. DH could do some things, but I really think he should have stayed with his original work, being a carpenter like his dad. You took on a huge move and hope everything goes well for you. Just don't forget about us. (((hugs))))
Just popping in to give an update on new baby I've asked prayers for. Baby seems to be doing fine, but has to return to Choc's hospital to have a camera inserted up to her heart to see how it is developing. If it isn't developing she will have to be put on a heart transplant list. She will be returning to the hospital on the 2nd of Aug. My heart is so heavy right now. She has asked for more prayers. I know all the prayer warriors on DG are so great in praying for others.
Today was the day, no news yet, but thinking of that little one all day. Will post as soon as I can when I hear how things went at the hospital.
Had to take some books back to the library and was in the gardening and flowers aisles and discovered a book Gardening for Dummies, maybe I should check that one out my next visit. They seem to have Dummie books for every subject. I should have stayed in the library since it was so cool in there and so hot outside. I did find a book that sounded interesting Garden Art with mosaics. Haven't had a chance to look through it yet, but may give me some ideas since I do want to make mosaic things.
Well, the test wasn't done on the 2nd due to the baby's oxygen being too low. The doctors are keeping her over the weekend and hopefully they can do the text first thing next week. Talked to my sister in law and she said the parents sleep in shifts so either one of them is awake while baby sleeps. We need continued prayers for healing. Thanks.
Sad news, our precious baby Brandi passed away today. She put up a good fight, but her little heart and low blood oxygen just couldn't keep going. All the prodding by doctors and nurses are over and she is in Jesus's arms now. Her auntie Nichole posted her picture on Facebook, such a beautiful little doll. I know the grief of losing a child so I'm asking for prayers for healing for all the family.
BTW, I really hate this hot miserable weather and so does my garden. Everything looks so wilted.
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you. There are spirits that Heavenly Father loves and needs so much that he can't stand to be away from them very long. She was on of his special angels. Hugs
I'm so sorry about little baby Brandi Sami. Oh I did not know about it but she won't suffer on this earth anymore and as quilty said it best she is in the arms of Jesus now.
You know that now that you are in Arizona you can hitch a ride in with Marie Ortis, she goes to our RU's most of the time. The people in the Phoenix area and outlying communities always have plant trades. I don't know how far you are from that area but it is an active area for trades and getting together a few times a year quilty.
We too are buying a BofA bank REO in the mountains of Tehachapi, Ca. We got it for a really good price too. I prayed about this decision and if it was God's will to be able to get a second home as an investment that he would bring us a good deal and the right one and here it is. Our first house is a triple wide on land in a little desert town at the gates of Edward's Air Force Base, home of NASA, where the space shuttle landed in CA. the payment is not too high. The new one is really a cheap payment if we can not get hosed on insurance in a fire area.
I started on the SoWest Forum when we were looking to buy ion AZ. Dawn, we felt the Lord 'led' us to this location as the street name is SON Shine. More members are 'in the valley' it seems, but that heat was not even a consideration! I will be watching for their gatherings, guessing after the heat of summer. It will be a new experience having 'winter' and I expect annuals will really men annuals. Doubt I will have petunias blooming all winter. A young man defined this area's seasons yesterday as: 5 months of winter, 1 month of spring, 5 months of summer and 1 month of fall. But it is considered 'mild' 4 seasons. DH in all is wisdom, thought the best new car for us was a Prius because of the gas mileage and he touted it would be a 'free' car, based on gas purchases. Well, yea, if we were doing the same kind of miles as last year when I was driving to USCV almost everyday for a month and we were house hunting over SoCal. We bought it July 1st, against my will, as I KNEW the dirt roads we would need to drive to our house. Only 2 miles of dirt road, but with rocks and dips way beyond what a car 6 inches off the ground can handle. A month later and after being stranded at the house for 2 of the 4 weeks after rain made very deep 'muddles', he admits he should have listened to his wife and we have traded for an AWD Chevy Traverse which I am VERY HAPPY about!!!!!!
Phoenix is 115 miles and we will be making our first trek there on Mon. as DH goes for his one year cancer/urology check up. Actually that will involve to summer trips :( due to the first Dr. visit will be getting established as a patient. USC recommended this Dr. as he meets all the 'special' needs DH has. We have already been well dosed in the local medical community and DH now has 2 cardiologists, a Gen. Surgeon and soon a Neurologist. At the end of July he thought he was having a diverticulitis episode and went to ER. Two days later after being released, they said he had urine infection, gallstones and needed gall bladder out and high heart enzymes indicating he had had a mild (unknown to him) heart attack. So, cardiologist said no surgery until he has angiogram to see what damage. Mon. was angiogram and is cleared for gallbladder surgery. However, by Thursday he still is still 'forgetting' things, common things like pets names. I called hospital and Dr. and they did an MRI yesterday and found he had had a mild stroke during the angiogram - a rare side affect. Next week we will start to address that.
Two weeks ago he wanted to get ANOTHER (we have 11) animal. A mule that needed a new home. I was adamant about NO, NO, NO!! He said 'he' takes care of the livestock. Yes he does, but I AM BACK UP. When he was in hospital I was having to push the wheelbarrow with a dog on a leash being held there by my wrist brace (cast came off), wheeling it through the yard over hills and rocks with the hay in it. I had to get more feed (Prius is NOT friendly to hauling bales of hay) and got a 50# bag of alfalfa pellets, then had to haul it down to next to the corrals and set it up in a covered trash can where horsy poo could not get into it. I do not have a lot of regained strength in fractured wrist arm/hand yet, so most done one handed. NO WE DO NOT NEED MORE ANIMALS.
Oh, quiltygirl, you have so much on your plate, I don't know how you keep going. Glad you have found some good doctors for hubby, he sure has had more than his share of medical problems. Keeping both of you in my prayers. I surely understand your NO NO NO to more animals.
I went to baby Brandi's funeral yesterday, oh my I never expected so many people. It was a good service. The pastor was great and of course we all ask why and he addressed that in such a great way. The had a couple of boards with pictures of that beautiful baby, the short time she had on earth gave a lot of happiness to everyone. She is now sitting in Jesus's lap. I just wish I could help with the grieving of the young parents & 3 yr. old brother.
Don't stay away from us even though you will be gardening in a whole new different way. Sure wish Jules would come on line. I'm beginning to be very concerned about her & family. It's been 3 months since she has posted.
Look Sami I have the same length of seasons here more or less on a given year. I know how to garden in the high temps, crap soil, with bunnies, gophers and Wind. Oh yeah, Caleche soil too. It is done with a lot of tears and failed plants. Honestly though, DG makes it easier to take the losses and enjoy the gains in free trades, seeds and plants.
She posted once since the round up, that makes it 4 months. I'm really concerned about her and family. I just hope they are really busy and nothing is wrong. This dry weather seems to be affecting everyone, poor plants are suffering too. Hemet is a hotter than here, but we didn't get a drop of rain. Sure am looking forward to "Raindrops Falling On My Head". LOL
Came back for followup and physical therapy for my wrist and was surprised how quickly I had forgotten about the dryness here. Everything is just crunchy along the sides of roads and in fields. Fires waiting to happen. Second month of monsoonal rain in north AZ and everything is sooo green. Guess we will by dry on spring.
We did get a little rain today, but not enough to make the plants happy. The rain drops falling on our aluminum awning sounds so good to me. I guess we won't get any more here, but other places got a lot. Hoping it won't be too long before our rains come and stay for a while.
Well everyone, I have good news. DD and I saw SingingWolf yesterday. She is alive and getting well. I was in CA for Dr appts and DD and I spent the day at the beach in Oceanside, coincidently right by their timeshare. I was thinking it might be around the time in September when they were there. Gave her a call and sure enough they came out on the balcony and waived! We talked for about three hours. She has had a go of it recovering from problem with prescription meds but is much better. If I had known I was going to see her I could have brought some DeJongs chocolate milk as she wants to gain weight again.
So good you got to see Jules, happy for the update!! Hope to see her when she gets home.
BTW please pray for my grand daughter 10 month old Vivian. She was in Kaiser in Fontana for 6 days with a staff infection in her neck. Home now on oral med hopefully to kick rest of infection so she will not have to have a surgery which could possibly cause nerve damage in her face.
I keep checking this thread and so happy to hear SW is on the mend. Meds. can cause so much havic with your system. Thanks quiltygirl for the update. Saying a few extra prayers for her.
Sylvia, sorry to hear about your little granddaughter. I hope and pray the oral med kicks the rest of the infection out of her. So sad to hear when a little one has a medical problem.
My DH is still having problems, don't know if it is partly from the meds he is taking. This hot weather isn't doing him much good. He wants to get some work done but just can't seem to have enough energy to move around. He is due for more blood work so maybe that will tell us something. One big problem is that he doesn't move around and that alone can get you down.
Bad news to post. Back in So Cal near SingingWolf to attend funeral of our 22 yo grandson who was killed in Afghanistan last week. Leaves a wife and 14 mos son. They had a procession from Camp Pendleton to Murrieta with his casket that was very well attended with people on the streets here to pay tribute. He gave his life to protect us!
Prayers to you quiltygirl for the loss of your grandson.
Please ask if his name can be placed on the Veterans Memorial Wall.
Just last week, I served at the Traveling Wall in Reno. This wall is an 80% duplicate of the Wall In Washington D.C. It is a tribute to all fallen and MIA veterans.
He served our country with Honor. R.I.P. fallen soldier.
My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your grandson, Clint.
Words cannot express my sadness. He was so young, and so willing to serve our country.
Menifee has a memorial wall for our Vets. I believe it costs some money to get your loved one's name on it. I can do some checking if you are interested.
If not how about I grow an oak tree for him and plant it on our farm to join the others?
He'll be in good company with Lori Piestewa, and Robert Dokka's trees.
Just let me know.
Hugs for all of your family.
The Governor flew an American flag dedicated to him over their capitol building. It does my heart good to see all these services honoring him and others who have fallen for our country. We seem not to hear or be aware of these honorings unless we knew of the soldier. Too bad these are not more highly visible.
I'll be planting an oak tree for him. Probably along the creek by the oak I planted for Lori Piestewa. His tree will be in good company. : - )
I am very glad that he was honored by so many folks. It helps to know that people care when you are grieving.
Jules, I hope you are much better with the start of the new year. Hope all our gardening friends are in good health and of course looking forward to spring planting. I have buds on my brugs, must be the cooler weater and that wonderful rain.
More bad news. My mom passed away last Thurs in Dallas area about 3 hours before the plane I rushed for in PHX landed. She had been in hospital, assisted living end 2 weeks on nursing care and took sudden turn for worse. Sure glad DD fromCA and sisters family from OH and I got to be there last month to see her. More somber trip this time.
So sorry to hear you lost your mom Lynda. Adding a few prayers for all of you. Sad to lose a mother, it's been 6 years since my mom went "home" and I miss her all the time. This year is starting out sad for a lot of us. Hugs Pegi
I keep checking here to see if Singing Wolf will appear. I sure miss her!
The very warm weather we are having makes me want to think about starting some seeds. It just doesn't seem like it is suppose to be winter. First I have to take all pine needles out of my raised bed so I can even find the soil. My sweet peas haven't shown their heads yet, I did get them in a little late than usual.
My DH has been so sick the last week so looks like I won't get any help from him. Wish I could get him to clean house and I could play in the yard.
quiltygirl, sorry to hear of your loss. We are from Dallas. Your experience is one reason I was hesitant to move. Our parents. :-(
I am new here, but I sure am hopeful that this California forum gets busy in the spring. I just just moved here from Texas and I am looking forward to beginning another garden. In Texas, there were seed swaps and plant swaps and a local garden center. I am looking for local resources.
Hi butterfly4mama welcome to California Gardening. I too hope this forum gets busy, it is has been a rough year for many. This has always been an active forum in the past. You will find seed swaps and plant swaps too.
Singing Wolf, are you still lurking around this forum? Miss you sweetie!!
My neighbor just came over and asked if I had any aluminun cans, we save them for recycling, but she puts them in a very large pot, puts the soil around them and that way the roots grow arount them and it also helps water drainage. I never heard of that, but she said her dad used to do that. Asked if other cans, like soup etc. would work and she said for some reason aluminum works better. Just thought maybe the other cans rust and that wouldn't be good for the plants. All I had was 8 cans, but she gave me an excelllent idea for some very large containers. Could use theim in my styrofoam containers too. Excited about it now. Just had to share this with all.
Samigal, I've been missing you too! Neat tip for your potted plants. : - )
Aww, QG we need to talk GF. I'm so sorry about your Mama. Were you in O'side on Feb. 10th of this year? I could have sworn I saw you at our favorite park.
Hi rising creek. Which Sun City do you hail from? Hopefully the one near me.
Hi and welcome B'fly4Mama, what do you need for your new garden? I'll share anything I have that isn't already promised.
Say, has anyone volunteered to do a RU this year? I know it's kind of late for some of our friends, but I was thinking,
which usually gets me into trouble, how much I enjoy the RU's and the company of my DG friends. So I was wondering do we want to do it again?
To catch up in brief, I had a really bad spell, but I am getting better. I've been spending all the sunny moments I can outside in the gh or the garden. Boy, did I neglect my garden last summer. Things are started to look less wild now.
It's almost spring time, although you wouldn't know it from the weather! I can't believe it's going to be in the 80's again all week! Sadly, we still need rain! Still when I see the mountain ranges in the distance looking so close and clear, it makes my heart sing and my feet dance down the road. My chickens are happy and laying eggs, my dogs are fat and sassy. Life is good. On the other hand, the weeds are almost as high as my dogs in some places, but since I've been so diligent about getting work done, I've almost got everything that needed transplanting right now, transplanted already.
Speaking of which, I bought a flat of yellow lantana last fall, and then ignored it until Feb. I got a lot of starts, and I'm glad I didn't try transplanting them right away. Some barely had roots as it was. Anyway, I can spare about 10 plants from the two landscaping projects I have if anyone would like one or two.
Oh, and for those who remember him, I planted Robert Dokka's tree (okay, I had my ES do it) down by the creek a couple of weeks ago. It looks really happy. I still have to plant one for Linda's nephew, but these things take time to grow. Sigh.
I am still messed up by the time change, and have terminal insomnia. I know it's late, so I'll check back in a few hours to see if anyone responds.
Happy to be back in contact.
SW, glad to (virtually) see you active again. Nope, it was not me in Oceanside, wishing it was though. Have not been there to CA since Christmas with DD and since I was going monthly, that is a long time. Am wanting to go, but prefer when gas goes down again (will it?) - maybe that will coincide with a RU?
I am so over winter, now that I live where there really is a winter. It is pretty to see the snow in the San Francisco peaks behind Flagstaff and they are over 100 miles away. 70's this week and glad we are not south in 'the valley' of PHX as they are already into the 90's. Locals talk of there usually being a 'last hurrah' snowfall around Easter that has snow actually staying on the ground for several days. Hmmph. Can do without that. I am trying to figure out how, what, where to plant stuff in this hard rocky sloped ground AND tp be able to do it without spending any $$, ha- ha. I would love to partake of those lantanas, but so much I considered or that were perennials back there do not grow here. Locals do a great job of growing gravel in their yards though!
BTW, it was our grandson who died with the Army in Oct.
My bad Lynda, I guess I got it mixed up. I'm planting your Grandson some acorns, and hope that at least one will germinate, so I can get his tree growing. : - )
I could have sworn I saw you down in O'side at our favorite park in Feb. Must have been wishful thinking.
Still waiting to hear back from folks about a RU this year. We're kind of late getting started, maybe. We'll see.
I do hope the price of gas goes down again. Sigh. . .
I finally got my computer fixed so I can share photos again. Yay!
So I want to share a few I took today when I was with DH checking out bee locations.
It's really hard to pick just five.
Here we go,
I love the Blue Bellied Lizard and his friend we caught sunning themselves or courting on a rock at the Indian Village in the Mariposa Preserve.
We were looking for wildflowers and found these Lupine on the side of the road.
Found this Bobcat about 30 feet up a Sycamore tree in a meadow at the MP.
Can't forget our feathered friends. Nice of the Red Tailed Hawk to sit long enough for me to get a photo.
My favorite snag of the day. It's got a lot of personality and character.
Okay, I've got it out of my system for now. I'm really proud of the bobcat photos. : - ) I spotted it and pointed it out to DH. He was good enough to back up the truck for me, so I could get the pics. Victory Dance. Poor bugger was hot, and panting.
Okay, back to the thread, is anybody out there interested in a RU this year?
Gotto go for now.
Nope, we usually try to agree upon a date that works for most of the people who want to attend the RU. I wish we could do it on a day when no one had anything else going on. It's not always easy to accomodate everyone.
If I can get 10 people to express an interest, I'll start a new RU thread and we'll go on from there.
risingcreek, are you in the Sun City, right next to Menifee? We might be able to get together a lot easier and more often since we are close together. I have a lot of plant starts I've got to throw in the compost pile or find homes for.
My Jade needs whacking back, as well as some of the other succulents. Them Butterfly plants went nuts out in the green house, and I'll be removing a lot of them if anyone wants some. I think I mentioned that I do have some yellow lantana, too. If you want some, speak up and I'll put your name on the pot. I'm sure I have a bunch of other stuff, but that's what's on my mind at this moment.
That and needing to go Neem my Hibiscus plants. Which I'd better get to doing.
I'll check in later. I imagine more folks will be speaking up over the weekend.
Cool, I have a lot of succulents, are they in your gardening plans?
Are you in SC proper? Do you have a yard? How about container gardening? The older I get, the less inclined I am to get up and down to weed. My poor knees just can't do it as easily as they used to. Sigh.
I'll dmail you with my contact info.
Now I really do have to find that cell phone, though.
I'm always interested in a RU, and I don't have any cuttings stared either. DH has been on the sick list for a long time now. First in Jan. he got the flu and I thought he would never get over it. Has a hard time breathing now and never knows how he will feel from day to day. Price of gas has kept us pretty much at home, and with this warm weather I have been busy trying to get rid of a heavy vine that grows over our back fence. Didn't one of the girls suggest she would have a RU this year, can't remember her name though?
I dont have any cuttings either, but do have lots of seeds. well, maybe cactus cuttings if anyone is interested. If there is enough time I could start a lot of those 6 pack seed things, I have lots of those also
I'll come if I can talk my hubby into it. My health has been a little sketchy lately too, but I don't let it stop me from gardening, LOL.
I have just a ton of succulents and geraniums and even a few plants and bulbs already in plastic pots I can bring.
April 14th would be fine for me.
We just can't do it on the weekend of April 13 & 14th. It's my FIL's 80th B.day, and we have lots of family down for that weekend. Any other weekend would be fine.
Bums me out because I'd love to meet Domehomedee. I love your part of the world, and am in need of some milkweed seed for my Monarch b.fly friends. : - ) I about decided a few years back that life was going to pass me by, and that I could be ill anywhere. Sometimes a change of scenery is nice.
Maybe we could get together on another weekend? I'm up in your area a couple of times a year, usually we go up in Jan. and sometimes in Nov., even if this doesn't work out, maybe we could get together sometime?
Start throwing some dates out there, folks!
Sylvia, it would be great to see you. Is jury duty over?
Sami, I'm sorry to hear about your DH. Give him a hug from me and tell him I hope he is better soon. Do you have any plumie starts? You know I'm interested in them. : - 0
Sami, I just found my RU photos from last year. I'm going to need help id'ing a lot of folks. I'm thinking it may have been tchrkare? Something close to that, but I haven't heard from her in a while. I hope she is still a member, and sees this thread.
risingcreek, I noticed last year that started seeds were snapped up pretty fast. I think they were veggies too, weren't they, Sami and Sylvia? I'm sure whatever you bring will find a good home.
BTW, if someone else would like to host this event, I'd be happy to help them. If not, we'll just plan on having it out here at the farm. If someone else wants to host it here, same thing. I know it's awfully hard to find a location to hold gardening events. Enough said. I am thinking that we'll get more of a response by moving to a new thread, but I'll wait til Monday to do anything about it, okay? Asking your opinions here. Don't be shy.
I'll see what I have in plummies, Jules. I took some cuttings off a tree that was trying to climb over a brick fence, don't know if they did anything or not. I know they were yellow and got them in Cerritos so called them Cerritos Yellow. Been busy trying to get rid of a nasty vine that grows over our brick fence from the other side. Wish the gardeners from the mall side would just hack that darn thing down. None of them speak English so I'm really in trouble. I'm almost mad enough to go over there with my clippers and start hacking away. I'm up for any date, but if DH isn't well enough I won't get to come. He sees the oncologist on April 1st so will know more then, I hope.
I'll keep a watch on the thread. If I have a little notice so I get my hubby used to the idea I'm taking off I can come pretty much whenever. End of April, even May are good. I have lots of plants in seedling stage from the seed robin and I'm still planting more. I'm doing plant sales every other week, mostly succulents, but basically whatever I have extra of in my garden and whatever I get a bee in my bonnet to seed. Check out the sales yard I set up next to my hoop house.
Yes Jules, I'm on a jury till at least end of the month.
It will be delightful to see every one have a good pot luck an bring
anything we have to share...a little or a lot. Whatever.
Love to all the So Cal. DG'ers
Happy 4th to everyone and Happy Birthday to Shorty!
We're going to brave Pismo Beach later today. You know the grandkids kind of need to see the fireworks. We're not going to drive into Pismo though, we're going to walk on the beach from Grover Beach, that way we won't have to brave getting back on 1 or 101 to get home, This sounds funny but it can take hours to get back on the freeway at Pismo on the 4th. We're even going to try to go to a barbeque restaurant beforehand, could be good, could be bad.
Thank you my gardening pals. Still hard to believe he is gone, but doesn't have to suffer any more. Very hard on me being a caregiver too, but I know I would do it again. The hospice nurse was with me, I had called and asked to send someone out to help me with him because he wasn't responding to me and breathing hard. As soon as she got here he took his last breath. I'm thankful for that and the help she gave me.
Hope you had a nice Birthday Shorty. I'm so sorry I missed it. Happy Belated Birthday! :-)
Dee, I've been stuck in that traffic on the 4th at Pismo, for that matter on a couple of Holiday weekends. It's good to know that you have a work around for the traffic, and that's what DH and I would have done. Instead we stayed at home and watched the critters for the kids, so they could go to their Anime Convention.
We swam in the pool, ate a nice dinner, and then we went to the top of the hill to watch the fireworks. I'm not doing that again with wet hair. I've been sick again. I really hate summer colds. They always seem to hang on forever.
Samigal, I am so devastated to hear that Darwin has passed. I am so glad that the Nurse was with you when he left us. You did a wonderful thing by making it possible for Darwin to spend his last days at home. I know that at times, it was hard for you to be Darwin's caregiver, but you know, you eased his last days, just by being there. I am so proud of you.
My Gpa passed away on the 4th of July too. I always think of the fireworks as a celebration, but it's hard to celebrate the passing of someone you loved. That being said, I am so glad that he doesn't have to endure any more pain. I know that seeing him in pain was hard on you too.
I'm not surprised that you are numb. Everything will seem to be slightly disconnected for a while. Please hang in there, for just a bit longer, and let us know about arrangements for Darwin's funeral.